Mexico City is inviting people to pucker up for peace and break the world record for the largest number of people kissing at one time.
City officials want to gather thousands of people in the capital’s huge central plaza, the Zocalo, for Valentine’s Day kisses.
“More than 35,000 will simultaneously kiss to show that warmth and love are at the core of this capital, the heart of the Mexican Republic,” the city’s tourism department, which is organising the gathering, said in a statement.
Gathering that many for a mere kiss followed by a free concert should be relatively easy for a city that saw about 18,000 people pose nude in the Zocalo last year for US photographer Spencer Tunick.
The kiss is aimed at showing love at a time when a crackdown against drug traffickers has led to widespread violence. More than 6,000 people died in drug-related conflicts in 2008.
The city said that the event “is aimed at changing people’s attitudes toward human relations, especially between couples, so that respect, equity and tolerance are at the center of any relationship.”
The event will include workshops on how to have relationships with no violence and on AIDS prevention, with plays and musical on the topics of love and nonviolence.